Teenagers deny homophobic attack on former Bishop's Stortford resident Melania Geymonat
Four teenage boys have denied a homophobic attack on a London bus on a Uruguayan woman – who was living in Bishop's Stortford at the time – and her American girlfriend.
Two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old appeared at Highbury Corner Youth Court in London on Wednesday (August 21) and entered not guilty pleas to a charge of causing harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Melania Geymonat, 28, a doctor who was working as a Ryanair flight attendant at Stansted Airport at the time, and Christine Hannigan hit headlines across the world after the incident in the early hours of May 30.
Both women were taken to hospital with facial injuries after, it is alleged, they were taunted about being lesbians and goaded into kissing while they were on the top deck of a bus in Camden.
The 16-year-old, from Wandsworth, admitted stealing a bag but denied handling a stolen mobile phone. The 15-year-old, from Kensington and Chelsea, denied handling a stolen bank card. Both 17-year-olds are also from Kensington and Chelsea. All four will face trial at the court on November 28.
Melania, who left Stortford in July for a new life pursuing her medical career in Barcelona, is expected to return from Spain to give evidence.